but do not seek Bethel,
nor enter into Gilgal,
and do not pass to Beer-sheba;
for Gilgal will surely go into captivity,
and Bethel will come to nothing.” Bible

“Bethel…Gilgal…Beer-sheba.” Three centers of pagan worship that had been established by Amos’ time. For Bethel and Gilgal, see commentary on Amos 4:4. Beer-sheba too had become a center of pagan worship (Amos 8:14). God is warning, as He does over and over, about the dangers of pagan worship. Yahweh alone is God and to worship anything but Him will only result in disaster.

Commentary for: Amos 5:5